“The best way to understand and appreciate a Shakespeare play is to perform it.” With this philosophy in mind, Bell Shakespeare invited schools across Canberra to participate in its inaugural Schools Festival. Rather than just studying Macbeth in the classroom, the selected schools were challenged to perform it at The Playhouse at the Canberra Theatre [...]
What if Harry Potter went AWOL? “Where in the World is Frank Sparrow” takes all of the elements of chosen one stories and remixes them as satire. Frank Sparrow is running, hard, from a destiny he can’t understand – the world will just have to save itself. Canberra Youth Theatre’s interpretation of Angela Betzien’s theatrical [...]
August Osage County finishes with a whispered quotation from T.S. Eliot’s poem The Hollow Men: “This is the way the world ends.” We are invited to complete the quotation ourselves: “Not with a bang with a whimper.” But this isn’t a play of graceful endings, it’s a play of fighting desperately (and perhaps hopelessly) against [...]
NUTS (the ANU’s student theatre society) makes its best theatre when the material they have to work with is a little wild. Last year’s Catherine The Great was a perfect fit with the group’s energetic, irreverent style. A play about the invention of the vibrator (complete with lavish on-stage masturbation scenes) would seem to be [...]
Deep space private detective Whatshisname (Raoul Craemer) is on a case: he has to find a missing woman. Unfortunately, he’s also lost his client, so before he can even get started on his case he needs to find the person who hired him. Meanwhile far more practical private detective Polly (Kate Hosking) is on a case [...]
“Where I End And You Begin” opens next week at the Street Theatre. The work of local playwright, actor and musician Cathy Petocz, it’s been in development for three years and is finally ready for audiences. But audiences will have to make some hard choices to enjoy this play: “Where I End” is actually two [...]
Sunset Boulevard is a waste-heap of broken dreams and the wreckage is visible everywhere. The bric-a-brac backstage at Paramount Studios blends into the shabby luxury of faded star Norma Desmond’s mansion-mausoleum. Director Steven Pike’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beautiful and gaudy musical is appropriately lavish and gritty, relishing every desperate moment in a story [...]
[ 30 October 2014 at 7:00 pm; ] The Sass and Tease Collective are putting on a special show on Halloween night. October 31st The Collective will be taking over Teatro Vivaldi at the ANU Arts Centre for the sexiest spooktacular in town!
Tickets through eventbrite: $30+bf (or $25+bf for concession card holders) http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sass-tease-halloween-tickets-13278334857
It opens with a grotesque crime: a teenage boy has gouged out the eyes of six horses. Child psychologist Martin Dysart (Jerry Hearn) is tasked with healing the boy… but also with finding the answer to a simple question. Why did he do it? Peter Shaffer’s award-winning play about love and worship thrills in a [...]
Two weary travelers stop at an inn. This is the “Canberra-berry Tales”, and these pilgrims to the nation’s capital are passing the time until daybreak by sharing their stories. Here the Miner and the Banker share the less-than-spiritual aims that have inspired their trek. Canberra, as the theme of this year’s Wharf Revue tells us, [...]
Whenever I told someone the theme for this improvised show the response was usually a mix of surprise and horror. “Well, you see, in the first half a group of improvisers study eight audience members and then in the second half they pretend to be them, improvising a short play.” Jaws would drop and eyes [...]
With Floriade in full swing and predictions for some pretty cracking weather for the Capital, we’ve got a few suggestions for weekend activities.
Add your own tips in the comments.
From our team:
Amy Birchall is off to Floriade on Saturday for one of Emma McMahon’s cake decorating demonstrations
Heather Lansdowne is going to check out the Roller [...]
Opera Australia’s Indiana Jones-themed production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” swaps the forest setting for a mysterious tomb in a kid-friendly, accessible staging with amazing singing.
The most striking thing about this production is the adventure serial styling. This was a savvy design choice: this is a smallish production (regional tours are planned) but the Egyptian [...]
Script submissions are invited for a season of short plays to be performed 13-17 December at the Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman House Arts Centre.
The Christmas-themed event is the fourth offering this year from Budding Theatre, a company founded by Kirsty Budding, 24, to stage new works with a focus on artistic collaboration, philanthropy, and accessibility for a range of [...]
CYT’s School Holiday Program for 7 – 12 year olds
Phoenix Players have announced auditions for their next show, the rock musical High Fidelity.
Based on the novel by Nick Hornby and the Touchstone Pictures Film, featuring original music by the composer of Next to Normal.
Rob, a slacker thirty-something record store owner, has just been dumped by his girlfriend Laura. In an attempt to figure out [...]
Appropriately enough for a night of secret theatre when I got my ticket I was also given a password that would grant me entrance to the performance: “poke, email, tweet.” So of course when I showed up and the clipboard-touting woman guarding the entrance asked me for my password, I replied: “Dangermouse.”
While Dangermouse is an [...]
[ 30 September 2014 at 8:00 pm; 1 October 2014 at 8:00 pm; 2 October 2014 at 8:00 pm; 3 October 2014 at 8:00 pm; 4 October 2014 at 2:00 pm; 4 October 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]
Everyone’s favourite lampoonists return for another annual instalment of The Wharf Revue packed full of their trademark irreverent, anarchic political satire. Amanda Bishop and newcomer Douglas Hansell join revue veterans Jonathan Biggins and Phillip Scott for more razor-sharp satire in Open for Business at Canberra Theatre Centre from 30 October to 4 September.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and a frequent presence on the stage. Only last year local group Centrepiece Theatre ran a well-received production at The Q. Now Bell Shakespeare is about the venture out into the thick forest of Midsummer Night’s Dream interpretations with their own take on the [...]
As we approach our penultimate Winter weekend, there is plenty going on in the Capital.
Suggestions from some of our team:
Amy Birchall is indulging her not-so-inner nerd to see astronaut Chris Hadfield speak at Llewellyn Hall for National Science week on Sunday 24th of August
Josh Mulrine is taking his daughter along to the Geoscience [...]
The Importance of Being Earnest can feel like fairy floss: sweet, yes, but when you start to pull it apart it becomes insubstantial. The play is an outright farce and this production by the State Theatre Company of South Australia emphasises the intrinsic silliness of the story. But if this is a farce, it is [...]
[ 28 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; 29 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; 30 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; ]
Come and join us in the Underground…
The Canberra Youth Theatre Teen and Senior Ensembles have been bringing their considerable talents to bear for STUDIO UNDERGROUND – a secret theatre experience where you only find out what you are seeing when you arrive at the theatre! How many times do we dismiss an interesting looking show [...]
[ 12 September 2014 at 7:00 pm; 13 September 2014 at 2:00 pm; 13 September 2014 at 7:00 pm; 14 September 2014 at 1:00 pm; ]
A new locally produced show is coming to the Belconnen Community Centre in September. Little Red is a cautionary tale based on the familiar ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. A funny and dark tale involving a lying wolf, a deceived girl and an unexpected path.
The show incorporates circus skills such as acrobatics, aerial skills [...]
[ 13 September 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]
Red Bull Flying Bach is coming to Canberra in September following sell out shows in Sydney and Melbourne in 2013.
Removing boundaries between classical and urban art, Flying Bach fuse the music of 18th Century composer Johann Sabastian Bach with explosive moves thanks to world champion breakdance crew, Flying Steps who formed in 1993.
Red Bull Flying [...]
“Even in Arcadia, there is death.” But that’s fine, there’s plenty of sex to balance things out. Stoppard’s sex comedy/romantic ode to science still delights in a decent but flawed production by Canberra Repertory and veteran director Aarne Neeme.
This is a play of two halves. In the early 1800s live-in tutor Septimus (Matthew Barton) tries [...]
[ 7 August 2014 at 7:00 pm; 8 August 2014 at 7:00 pm; 9 August 2014 at 2:30 pm; 9 August 2014 at 7:00 pm; ]
Warehouse Circus Inc. are bringing their high flying cast of young artists to shatter your idea of extraordinary with their new show Refract.
An ignorant sailor attracts the attention of a cheeky siren who is determined to rock the boat. Travel with the pair down the river and see what lies just beyond each bend.
“The Crucible meets A Few Good Men”. Duncan Ley’s witch-trial play “The Burning” has clear influences but delivers thrilling and engrossing drama.
Francis Schiller (Jack Parker) returns home from uni only to find something rotten in the town of Bamberg. The historical witch trials are reaching a feverish climax and a cloud of paranoia and suspicion [...]
Bartleby, Julian Hobba’s modern-day adaptation of the parable by Herman Melville, recreates the malaise of the office and shows us the disintegration of a man no longer able to cope with working life. If to work is to live, perhaps he’d just prefer not…
Hobba does an excellent job of adapting the story to a modern [...]
It’s been a big year for locally developed musicals here in Canberra with new big budget productions Heart of a Dog and Winging my Way to the Top already done and dusted. But the year’s not over yet and plucky underdog The Rokitelly Man opens this week. An original musical with script by Michael Hemming [...]
In John Dewey’s book Democracy and Education he writes, ‘it is illiberal and immoral to train children to work not freely and intelligently but for the sake of the work earned’. I agree with him, and think so too would most Canberrans. To see a teacher teaching well, full of compassion and creativity, is surely [...]
Local writer/director Kirsty Budding pulls us into our televisions (or at least our DVDs of Disney movies) for The Fairytale Channel, a children’s show in the style of Shrek and Fractured Fairy Tales that skewers fairy-tale logic and encourages us to be what we really want to be. Even if it’s something boring like an [...]